Celebrities mourn victims in Nice truck attack
Hollywood A-listers have shared their grief on social media after a truck driver rammed into a crowd of people in Nice, France on Thursday night (14Jul16).
While revellers were out celebrating the country's national Bastille Day holiday in the capital of the French Riviera, a crazed driver plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk, driving over the bodies of civilians for about a mile ahead.
At least 77 people were killed and 100 injured in the attack, with Nice regional president Christian Estrosi telling French network BFM TV the person behind the wheel of the vehicle appeared to exhibit "completely premeditated behaviour", adding that authorities found the truck was "loaded" with arms and grenades. The driver was shot and killed by authorities.
Celebrities have since flocked to Twitter to mourn those killed in France, eight months after a series of terror attacks killed 130 people in Paris in November (15).
"Enough #PrayForNice," U.S. comedienne Amy Schumer tweeted, while British singer Boy George followed suit with the message: "My heart breaks for France. How do we stop this? #pray4Peace".
Actress Chloe Grace Moretz posed a similar inquiry, asking her followers, "What's happening in this world ?", closing out her post with the hashtag "#PrayForNice".
Singer Christina Milian noted her heart was wrenched even more by the horrific attack because she could have been mourning the death of a loved one.
"So saddened right now. my family was suppose to be there today," Christina wrote. "Thank God they're safe. Nice I am praying for you."
Pop star Rihanna was actually in Nice on the night of the attack preparing for a Friday (15Jul16) concert in the city as part of her Anti World Tour, but fortunately a representative for the singer has confirmed to Billboard.com "she's safe".
Rob Lowe, Josh Gad, Gabrielle Union, Mia Farrow, Kevin Jonas, Cyndi Lauper, Josh Duhamel, and Simon Cowell were also among the stars who reached out to pay tribute to those suffering from the Nice catastrophe.
The truck attack comes as Americans continue to mourn the deaths of two African-American men at the hands of police officers in two separate shooting incidents, and the slaying of five cops in Dallas, Texas last week (ends08Jul16), incidents which took place just weeks after dozens were slayed in a hate-related shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida.
- Cover Media